Do We Really Value Life?

Posted on January 16, 2009

Helicopters fetch patients daily from hundreds or thousands of kilometers across the state. Ambulances transport the injured around town, with lights blaring and cars desperately trying to slide out of the way. Nurses from across the ward rush to a cardiac arrest. Billions of dollars are invested in health and hospitals dominate inner city landscapes. It would seem that we place a very great importance on human life.

Health costs by disease (CHD= heart disease)
Health costs by disease (CHD= heart disease)

Strange then, that information that would help protect against the worst chronic diseases that plague us should be kept in the dark. I won’t go into the whys and hows this came about, I’m not totally sure. I’ll skip straight to the end:

The vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50% and the risk of heart surgery by 80%. It can get people of medication for diabetes in a matter of weeks. It can protect against many types of cancer. How many people have died, suffered prolonged hospitalisation, or feared for a loved one as a result of preventable illness? The human body simply functions and protects itself better on a plant based diet. Why don’t we know this if we value life?

This video details the benefits of the vegetarian diet, and I’m sure if this is the first time you’ve heard of all of them, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.